Australians invited to have their say


The Climate Change Authority is inviting Australians, including those in Hume and Whittlesea, to have their say on 2035 emissions reduction targets.

The authority said the targets are set to be included in Australia’s new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.

It released an issues paper on April 11, entitled ‘Targets, Pathways and Progress,’ presenting its latest thinking on its three major projects.

The authority has today released an issues paper entitled Targets, Pathways and Progress, presenting its latest thinking on its three major projects.

This year the authority will be advising government on Australia’s 2035 emissions reduction targets, pathways for six sectors to support Australia achieve net zero by 2050, and the minister’s third annual climate change statement to parliament.

The authorities chief executive Brad Archer said to assist the authority finalise its recommendations, they invite Australians to respond to the 14 questions detailed in the issues paper.

“We also want to hear personal perspectives and experiences with climate change, and suggestions about how Australian governments can support the wellbeing of workers, communities and regions as the nation decarbonises,” he said.

“The evidence we have considered so far suggests a 2035 emissions reduction target in the range of 65 per cent to 75 per cent below 2005 levels would be ambitious.

“[It] could be achievable if additional action is taken by governments, business, investors and households.

“In developing our advice, we are looking at the latest science, economic data, technological developments, and the opportunities and impacts for Australians, including First Nations peoples and those in rural and regional areas.”

The authority will provide its advice on sectoral pathways by August 1, and on Australia’s 2035 emissions reduction targets, as well as its third annual progress report, to the government later this year.

Submissions can be made via the authority’s consultation hub until 5pm on May 14.